Scouting: Avon at Midview

Avon continued unbeaten with a hard-fought 14-10 win over Midview last Friday in Ohio high school football action. The game featured top prospects junior Ross Douglas (pictured) and sophomore quarterback Cody Callaway, and both were impressive. There were other prospects in action that night as well.

THE GAME: Avon defeated Midview 14-10 last Friday on a rain-soaked, muddy field. Avon ran its regular season winning streak to 21 games, and will now look to the Ohio State playoffs.


Cody Callaway: Midview. Sophomore quarterback. Although this was a defensive struggle on a bad field, Callaway showed why he is one of the top sophomore passers in Ohio. On the night, he completed 14-26 passes for 173 yards. Trailing 14-3 in the fourth quarter, Callaway led his team on a 68-yard, 13-play drive to cut the lead to 14-10. He had another shot with over a minute to play and his team moving again, before throwing an interception deep in Avon territory. My advice to Avon? Don't give him the ball with a minute to go next year. Callaway is only going to get better, and the 6-foot-1, 185-pound, signal-caller will be a top 2014 prospect.

Eric Lauer: Midview. Junior wide receiver. Not sure Lauer is a D-I athlete, but he's had a great year for Midview. He can run and catch the football, but had a tough time getting open on Ross Douglas.

Arlington McClinton: Midview. Senior defensive end. The senior holds two offers, from Akron and Toledo, and is looking for more. McClinton has the size (6-foot-5, 225-pounds), but will need to add bulk and strength at the next level. He has a burst off the edge, and could possibly play linebacker in a 3-4 set.

Jeremiah Burris: Avon. Junior defensive tackle. I had never heard of Burris prior to Friday night, but the 6-foot-3, 260-pound, tackle was extremely impressive. Burris has a combination of quick feet and power, and caused problems for Midview all night long. He is starting to receive Division-I attention from schools such as West Virginia and Duke. He is one to watch moving forward in Ohio.

Ross Douglas: Avon. Junior athlete. Even though the game was played in a mud bog, Douglas was the top athlete on the field. He played both sides of the football well, but was especially impressive at cornerback, where he nearly shut Lauer completely down, only allowing one completion. Douglas holds offers from Connecticut, Minnesota and Tennessee, and is one of Ohio's top 2013 prospects. The combination of size, speed and hip turn make Douglas an impressive cornerback prospect, and a player that should be adding more offers in the future.

Ralph Smith: Avon. Junior athlete. Although not as big or strong, Smith is very similar to Douglas and played well against Midview. Smith probably projects as a cornerback at the next level, or possibly a slot receiver, and has good speed and quick feet.

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